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“Working mother in desperate need, seeks temporary room and board situation for newborn baby boy. Please call . . .”
In the summer of 1942, Frances Postiglione placed this classified in the “Personals” section of the Hartford Courant. A troubled woman unable to have children of her own answered the plea and Frances never sees her baby again.
Love, Your Mother – Like It or Not is the story of Frances 34 years later, a 62 year old grandmother, when she opens a letter addressed to her brother, from a young man in California searching for his birth mother. The shame and guilt of losing her son return and the frightened woman responds with letters in an attempt to tell him of the events that had changed both their lives.
Four months and fifty four letters later, the man travels to meet Frances. This is a story about the ties of family and it also looks at social pressures on women during the 1940’s. Frances’ story shows the unconditional love a mother has for her child, even when that child has grown to be a man she does not know.
About the Author
J.W. Sutherland was born in Connecticut, grew up in Denver, Colorado, and has lived in Honolulu, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington with two slightly overweight cats. 'Love, Your Mother-Like It or Not' is his first book.